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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass (as Aaron Johnson)
Garrett M. Brown ... Mr. Lizewski
Evan Peters ... Todd
Deborah Twiss ... Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Katie Deauxma
Sophie Wu ... Erika Cho
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Lizewski
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Chris D'Amico / Red Mist
Stu 'Large' Riley ... Huge Goon (as Stu Riley)
Johnny Hopkins Johnny Hopkins ... 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius Ohene Cornelius ... 2nd Gang Kid
Mark Strong ... Frank D'Amico
Michael Rispoli ... Big Joe
Corey Johnson ... Sporty Goon
Kenneth Simmons ... Scary Goon
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Storyline

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. Written by Daniel J. Leary

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I can't fly. But I can kick your ass. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,881,704 (United Kingdom), 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,828,687, 18 April 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,071,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,188,903
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2.35 : 1
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Very Good Mix of Comedy, Action, and Some Drama
24 August 2013 | by jeffrey-utleySee all my reviews

'Kick-Ass' brought an incredible hype with it when it came out in 2010. From that they were able to make the sequel, 'Kick-Ass 2'. So I went into 'Kick-Ass' with somewhat high expectations. It met if not exceeded my expectations.

How was the acting?

The acting in 'Kick-Ass' was very good. Aaron Taylor-Johnson did really well as Dave Lizewski and as Kick-Ass. He portrayed Dave Lizewski as a high school student and the character put on a different face for Kick-Ass. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was able to portray Kick-Ass differently, which is what the film was shooting for. Christopher Mintz-Plasse also did very well playing Chris D'Amico. I didn't see him as Fogell from Superbad. Chloe Grace Moretz did very well playing Mindy Macready and portrayed her well as an intimidating 11-year-old. Last of all, Nicholas Cage did extremely well playing Damon Macready. He probably did the best out of all of these actors and actresses. He was amazing in this film.

How was the writing?

The writing in 'Kick-Ass' seemed very realistic. There were many scenes with high school students, and the characters seemed like real high school students. They messed with each other, teased each other, and had comedic dialog throughout the film that was actually humorous. I liked many aspects of the film including the realistic tone of it. I liked how the protagonist, antagonist, and several of the main characters had at least more than one layer to them. I also enjoyed many of the plot events, especially near the end. In the end, there was also a fair amount of emotion in this mixed-genre film. For a usual mixed- genre film, it's just a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be. This film, though, separated the genre into different sections, which would seem lazy, but it actually made the film better. When it wasn't serious, it had comedic elements. When there were action sequences, it had moderately thrilling elements. In a few serious scenes, it had the right score in the background so that it's a drama.

Did it have an interesting premise?

In an action/comedy, one of the main flaws would be the premise. Luckily, this film had an alright premise. It wasn't necessarily good, but it definitely wasn't bad. I'll say it's above average, but somewhat good for what it was.

Was it entertaining or boring?

This film had slow parts near the beginning and middle, which sadly brought the rating down, but for the most part it was entertaining. I thought that they could have sped film up in those acts, but it tried to show too many characters. There were about four sets of characters, which made the film have to split camera time between them, making the scenes somewhat boring. It did pick up after a while, though.

What things in particular did I like (that I haven't already covered)?

'Kick-Ass' had very enjoyable and thrilling action sequences throughout the film. The layered characters were also aspects of the film that made the action sequences more thrilling. The ending of the film was also very satisfying to me. It mixed the right amount of drama and emotion to make the sequences great then.

What things in particular did I dislike (that I haven't already covered)?

The film was not as humorous as I thought it would be. It didn't have a big use of comedic elements, and the ones that were used stayed mostly the same, and got old by the third act of the film.


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